For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. Here are just a few of our wonderful friends who are doing just that… We’ve sat down with our one of our latest cover features, Martin Vazquez of Cana Pepeta, to talk about his journey on the island.
What brought you to Ibiza and why?
I came to Ibiza seven years ago. It was the quality of life offered on the island that attracted me, as well as my family.
What do you do here?
I am a chef and am in general very dedicated to the world of gastronomy. As the head chef at Cana Pepeta, I am proud to be part of the truly spectacular rural restaurant set in the north of the island.
How would you describe your typical work day?
I start my morning with a coffee followed by an organisational talk with my staff and chat with our producers from the different farms. After that, I light the fire and begin to cook.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years?
It’s been incredible to see the change in people’s awareness for the environment and the conscious effort to make it an island for everyone and not have it just be all about luxury tourism.
Where do you see the island in five years?
I continue to see it as a global tourist destination.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the summer crowds and what is your favourite winter retreat?
If I feel the need to escape, I go to my house in the mountains in Sant Joan. Personally, I feel that the north of the island is the best place to be – there are several beautiful hidden pockets to discover.
Which clubs do you recommend on the island?
I am not a big clubbing person, but if I had to choose, I would recommend Cova Santa during the day and Wommon, Amnesia and Privilege in the evening.
Top three restaurants to check out?
Obviously I have to say Cana Pepeta, but Reart and La Granja are two other great spots to visit.